Code of Ethics
AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind;
to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception,
the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder;
and to respect the Constitutional rights of all people to liberty, equality, and justice.
Chief of Police
Date of Hire: 05/20/2002
Date Appointed to Chief: 09/27/2022
Joe Brooks was appointed as Chief of Police by Mayor Ken Williams on 09/27/2022, after having served with the Oregon Police Department for 20 years. Chief Brooks is responsible for overseeing all operations of the Oregon Police Department on a daily basis. He graduated from the University of Illinois Police Training Institute number one in his class. He has previously held the ranks of Corporal, Sergeant and Lieutenant. Chief Brooks is a Certified Field Training Officer, commercial motor vehicle Officer, and crime scene investigator. Chief Brooks is a veteran of the US Army National Guard and served 18 months in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Chief Brooks previously served as the Oregon Police Departments first K-9 Officer. Chief Brooks completed classes at Kishwaukee Community College to obtain his level B2 fluency in Spanish with a 4.0 gpa.
Date of Hire: 08/11/1997
Mary is our Administrative Assistant. She has numerous tasks that she performs for the public. From records keeping, to billing, ordinance violation tracking, and many other things. She does a great job keeping everything running smoothly.
Date of Hire: 04/10/2006
Sgt. Kalnins is originally from Oregon where he graduated from Oregon High School in 2001. Sgt. Kalnins was previously employed as a Correctional Officer with the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department. Sgt. Kalnins is our control tactics instructor. He is also a member of the ILEAS Mobile Field Force and a Certified Field Training Officer.
Date of Hire: 11/25/2014
Promoted to Corporal: 09/24/2019
Promoted to Sergeant: 8/25/2020
Sergeant Dominski started his career as a Oregon Park District Police officer. He then worked as a correctional officer for the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department before being appointed as a full-time officer for the Oregon Police Department.
Sergeant Dominski is currently a member of the Ogle County Emergency Response team, a bike patrol officer, evidence supervisor, and department Firearms Instructor. Sergeant Dominski is also a Certified Field Training Officer.
Date of Hire 11/27/2018
Officer Lee began his career with the Oregon Police Department on 11/27/18 and attended the Southwestern Police Academy in March of 2019. Officer Lee is currently assigned as an investigator and an evidence custodian.
Date of Hire: 08/13/2019
Officer Maison Crawford began his career with the Oregon Police Department in August of 2018. Officer Crawford graduates from the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center. Officer Crawford is currently assigned as a patrol officer.
Date of Hire: 02/11/2020
Officer Spencer came to the Oregon Police Department after previously serving with police departments in Illinois and Wisconsin. Officer Spencer is currently assigned as a patrol officer. Officer Spencer currently serves in the US Air Force Reserves.
Officer Zach McKean joined the Oregon Police Department on 4/14/2020 after serving with the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department for several years. Officer McKean is a certified firearms instructor.
School Resource Officer
Officer Brechon came as a lateral transfer from the Byron Police Department where he served many years as a Sergeant. Officer Brechon is currently the school resource officer for the Oregon School District. Officer Brechon brings many years of experience to the Oregon Police Department.
Part-time Patrol Officer
Hire Date: 05/14/2013
Officer Ketter is a full time deputy of the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department. He has worked in a part-time capacity for our department for several years.
Part-time Police Officer
Hire Date: 09/28/19
Officer Yingling was hired as a part-time police officer and will supplement patrol when needed.
Lieutenant - Retired 7-1-2022
Date of Hire: 01/10/2000
Retirement Date: 7/1/2022 (Thank you for your years of service)!
Promoted to Lieutenant: 8/25/2020
Lieutenant Cropp joined the Oregon Police Department in January of 2000 after previously serving with the Freeport Police Department. Lt. Cropp is a certified firearms instructor and field training officer. Lieutenant Cropp currently serves as the Administrative Lieutenant, after having most recently been the Oregon School Districts first School Resource Officer. Lieutenant Cropp is a veteran of the US Army and served in the Persian Gulf War.
Retired Chief of Police
Date of Hire: 07/01/1998
Appointment Date: 03/31/2020 – Chief of Police (Thank you for your years of service)!
Retired Date: 10/03/2022
Shawn Melville was appointed as Chief of Police by Mayor Ken Williams on 3/31/2020, after having served with the Oregon Police Department for 22 years. Chief Melville is responsible for overseeing all operations of the Oregon Police Department on a daily basis. He has previously held the ranks of Detective, Sergeant and Lieutenant. Chief Melville is a Certified Field Training Officer, ALICE active shooter response instructor, Firearms Instructor and former member of the Ogle County Emergency Response Team.